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Jay Ts , Robert Eckstein , David Collier-Brown
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3 Mar 2003 0596002564 978-0596002565 2

This book, which has been officially adopted by the Samba Team and is under the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL), is a comprehensive guide to Samba administration. The 2nd edition focuses on Samba 2.2 and covers the most important features of 3.0, which was under development as this book went to print.

Samba is a cross-platform triumph: it turns a Unix or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. Samba is so robust, flexible, fast, and secure that many people are choosing it over Windows NT/2000/XP for their file and print services. Samba is also free software, licensed under the GNU General Public License.

This book will help you make file and print sharing as robust, powerful, and efficient as possible. The authors delve into the internals of the Windows activities and protocols to an unprecedented degree, explaining the strengths and weaknesses of each feature in Windows domains and in Samba itself.

Using Samba takes you from basic installation and configuration--on both the client and server side, for a wide range of systems--to subtle details of security, cross-platform compatibility, and resource discovery that make the difference between whether a user sees the folder they expect or a cryptic error message.

The range of this book knows few bounds. Wondering how to integrate Samba's authentication with that of a Windows PDC? How to get Samba to serve Microsoft Dfs shares? How to share files on Mac OS X? These and a dozen other issues of interest to system administrators are covered. A whole chapter is dedicated to troubleshooting.

Whether you're playing on one note or a full three-octave range, on your personal computer or an enterprise network, Using Samba will give you an efficient and secure server.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (3 Mar 2003)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0596002564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002565
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Samba, as all Linux users know, enables Windows machines to talk to Linux or Unix using the SMB protocol. It enables Linux to work as a file and print server and, with the latest version, a domain controller complete with password encryption support--but Samba is both a complex and subtle piece of work. A CD-ROM containing Samba 2.0.5a plus sources, docs and so on is included with Using Samba.

The authors cover the background to SMB then move on to running Samba. They then shift to Windows 98 and NT where they explain how to set both up to use Samba including the infamous encrypted password problem after NT service pack 3. They don't tell you how to turn it off in NT's Registry, though. Then they move on to the configuration file. Most of us edit a sample smb.conf file until it works, but the authors cover each option in detail, with practical examples. The most exciting areas discussed are printer support and security.

Chapter nine is essential reading--troubleshooting Samba. It discusses log files, the fault tree, net utilities, Samba utilities, documentation and newsgroups with special reference to the various log levels available. All in all, this is the book Samba users have been waiting for. It's also perfect for Windows users looking to install a cheap, robust, Linux server. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"This is an extensive manual on Samba and the definitive work on the subject." "This book is an essential reference for the Samba administrator, novice or expert as all possible options for each type of configuration are covered in great detail, and Samba has a great many options!" - Steven Ashley Woltering, Ping, March 2006

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for Samba 2.2, no good for Samba 3 26 Jan 2006
This is a very good book for working with Samba 2.2, and if all you want are some simple shares or a basic PDC then Samba 2.2.12 is all you need. However, if you're wishing to work with Samba 3.0.x then ignore the cover of this book which says it covers it - for it doesn't. The coverage is sparse at best, and particularly poor with respect to the fundamentals of domain control. If you're looking for a proper Samba 3 text then I'd try "The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive text on Samba 28 Oct 2000
This book covers everything you will ever need to know about Samba, plus a bit more. It provides a comprehensive guide to for both new comer and experienced adminstrator alike.
This is essential reading for any administrator currently using or planning to use Samba. I have not been able to find the tuning and trouble shooting information elsewhere. It even includes a CD containing a mirror of the Samba site to save you the trouble of downloading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of Information 3 Dec 1999
By B. Connelly - Published on
I'd been wanting to set up Samba on my LAN for quite a while, but I just couldn't find decent documentation on it. I even e-mailed O'Reilly with the suggestion of making a Samba book and was very happy to be told that one was on its way. This book not only covers Samba and its configuration, but also explains it's protocol SMB/CIFS very well. I was able to breeze through the book in a short time and have Samba up and running perfectly within a week. O'Reilly lives up to it's reputation with this one.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Treatment of Samba and Networking 10 Aug 2000
By Robert L. Cochran - Published on
This is by far the finest computer book I have ever read. I recommend this book to people wanting to install and use Samba because no other book, HOWTO, or online forum explains SAMBA so well. I also recommend this book to people just getting their feet wet with networking because it comprehensively examines both Linux and Windows networking issues in an extremely easy to read, step-by-step way.
This book has screen shots -- a lot of them. This book has examples -- a lot of them. This book has very easily followed writing that tells you how to set up your Linux and Windows machines and how to get Samba going. The book sits down with you, rolls up your sleeves, and shows you how to progress in a way that yeilds desired results -- Samba installs and works on your network! It blends instruction with just the right amount of background explanation without forcing you to read page after page of useless, smothering detail. A lot of authors would be well advised to achieve this kind of balance in computer books and darn few succeed. I had my Windows box talking to my Linux box via Samba in just a day. I spent about 2 weeks going over the book and studying my existing Windows network before making any software changes whatsoever.
This book offers a comprehensive networking fault tree people new to networking will find extremely useful. Follow this fault tree and you will be able to correct general networking problems as well as specific Samba problems. When I had networking problems back when I first got into Linux with Red Hat 6.0, I could have fixed them with this book's fault tree. It would have saved me hours of frustration to have worked through this book's fault tree.
I think everyone wanting to connect Linux boxes to Windows boxes should rush to order this book and then spend 2 weeks reading it cover to cover before messing with ANY network settings. You will be rewarded for your money and patience with results and a feeling of genuine accomplishment.
I've noticed a trend in Linux books where the authors like to waste space and reader's time with useless banner "warnings" and sometimes repetitive moralizing. Some writers print warnings every 2 pages and sound as bad as hoax emails. Well you won't find many warnings in Using Samba. They are worth reading when found.
As far as I can see, there are only 2 bad points about this book and you can't blame the authors for them: unless it is lovingly revised in a new edition, increasing rollouts of Windows 2000 will rapidly obsolete the excellent Samba advice you can get here. As of this writing (August 2000), Windows Millenium Edition will be available to consumers September 14, and depending on sales this may help obsolete the book also. The second bad point is that Samba has not gone into a new version which can deal with Windows 2000 and Millenium Edition yet. It is still stuck at 2.0.7. Hopefully the Samba team will release a new version in the near future covering Windows 2000. And I sure hope The Samba Book, as it is called, is revised to cover the new Windows products!
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great O'Reilly Book 31 Dec 1999
By Joe - Published on
I've beed using Samba for the last 2 years and this book helped me finally understand how to properly configure it in 1 night. Very well written and easy to understand. Topics like oplocks and network printer configuration are explained in an easy to read manner. If your using or plan to use Samba, you need this book. Well worth the money.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete and No longer applicable 3 Dec 2005
By Joaquin Menchaca - Published on
This book covers the older SAMBA 2.0 which has a set of solutions for 10-year old Windows NT domain era of obsoleted technologies. There is some small mention of SAMBA 3.0 in the later edition, but it is still 98% SAMBA 2.0 based, which is far too overdocumented.

Even if this was SAMBA 3.0, it might not be enough because really the newer SAMBA 3.0.20 has made incredible breakthroughs in interoperability with Windows 2000/2003 ActiveDirectory single-sign-on solutions. Perhaps a newer release of this book or other material will cover the current solutions that are applicable in today's (or tomorrow's) marketplace.

So in a sense, this book doesn't really add any value, unless you are a System Administrator for Windows NT 4.0 computers that need interoperability with Linux (or the converse Linux that acquired out-of-market and deprecated Windows NT 4.0, maybe from a flea market, etc.).
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Samba book you'll need 8 April 2000
By D. Schader - Published on
Outstanding book, I knew very little about Samba configuration before I received this book. Had a file & print server up & running on an NT domain in 2 days. If you can only buy one Samba book, make it this one.
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